Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration

Zero Waste to Landfills declaration

London mayor Sadiq Khan, along with 22 other cities, has signed an initiative run by C40 called Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration. This agreement has committed London to reduce the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15%, cut the amount of waste sent to landfills and incineration by 50% and increase the diversion rate to 70%, all by 2030.

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committing and working together to address climate change. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

Other cities that have already signed the commitment that will avoid disposal of at least 87 million tonnes of waste by 2030 include; Auckland, Catalonia, Copenhagen, Dubai, Milan, Montreal, Navarra, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rotterdam, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C and London makes it 23.

Worldwide waste generation is increasing quicker than any other environment pollutant and action in this sector can have a much faster and greater impact in combatting climate change. Such bold commitments are essential steps in delivering on the highest goals of the Paris Agreement and keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C.

Commitments include:

  • Reduce food losses and wasting of food at the retail and consumer levels by decreasing losses along production and supply chains, minimising the production of surplus food, and facilitating safe food donation and by-products for feed production.
  • Implement source separated collection for food scraps and other organics and treatment infrastructure that recovers nutrients, energy and contributes to the restoration of carbon storage capacity in soils.
  • Support the implementation of local and regional policies, such as extended producer responsibility and sustainable procurement, to reduce or ban single-use and non-recyclable plastics and other materials, while also improving goods reparability and recyclability.
  • Increase reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of construction and demolition materials.
  • Increase accessibility, awareness, scale and inclusivity of reduction, reutilization and recycling programmes and policies for all communities and neighbourhoods, investing in city wide communication and engagement efforts, and offering resources in multiple languages.
  • Ensure benefits are distributed equitably across the city population.
  • Publicly report every two years on the progress the cities are making towards these goals.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Earlier this year my Environment Strategy set out bold and ambitious targets for cutting waste in London. That means no biodegradable or recyclable waste sent to landfill by 2026, and cutting food waste and associated packaging by 50 per cent per head by 2030.

It also means working hard to reduce single-use plastic bottles and packaging which can end up overflowing our landfills and finding their way into our oceans. Cities around the world must work together if we’re going to make real progress in cutting waste.”

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